Sunday, May 7, 2017


Spring is in full swing and shells can be found buried or tossing in the waves along the shore.

April 1, 2017
Found this Horse Conch, Florida's state shell, in the state park sitting along the shore.

April 6, 2017
A few keepers

April 8, 2017

April 9, 2017

April 16, 2017
The Haul

April 22, 2017
Bag O' Shells

April 23, 2017
My fav pose lol

April 26, 2017
Nice collection for the day

Here's the link to all my recent photos which include some from my first cruise with a few high school friends celebrating our 50th reunion this year. We sailed from Los Angeles to Vancouver, BC, and while in Victoria, saw the home my mother and her family lived in when she was a little girl!


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Shell News in Panama City Beach FL

Seashells to head to landfill
Friday Posted Apr 14, 2017

For the beach nourishment project, the workers are collecting sand from offshore and the piling it onto the beach to add more sandy area for beach goers. As part of the collection process, the machinery scoops up tons of shells, which are sifted out of the sand by a sorter.

News Herald Reporter

PANAMA CITY — Dump trucks filled with shells are being sent to the landfill as part of the beach nourishment project in Panama City Beach.

“It’s a crying shame,” said Christine Stevens, who had gone to the beach last week to look for shells.

“There’s a huge pile of shells, like a house, and they said it was going to a landfill.”

For the beach nourishment project, the workers are collecting sand from offshore and then piling it onto the beach to add more sandy area for beachgoers. As part of the collection process, the machinery scoops up shells, which are sifted out of the sand by a sorter.

The shells are then carted off to a landfill to the dismay of shellers.

“There are several issues at play here,” Lisa Armbruster, a coastal engineer working as a consultant on the project, wrote in an email. “To begin with, the piles of shell are sharp, and some of what is mixed in would start to smell bad very quickly. Due to liability issues, neither the project contractor nor Bay County can have people sifting through them.”

The process often breaks the larger shells, according to Armbruster, who said she doubted they would make for good collecting.

“The larger ones everyone sees coming out the sorter have been at least somewhat broken up by the pump-out process, or would otherwise be broken as the bulldozers push the new sand into place if they hadn’t been sorted out,” Armbruster wrote.

Even so, seeing the shells sent to the landfill has aggravated some people, including snowbird Diane LaMay, who comes from Michigan every year.

“In 2011 when they renourished the beach, the shells were in the sand and they bulldozed them back and forth and leveled the beach nice and smooth,” she wrote, attaching a photo of shells she had collected. “I want the shells back in with the sand and buried by the bulldozers with my bed tax money.” LaMay said in her experience the shells were not too jagged or broken, and many of her friends who are “shellers” have been trying to smuggle shells out of the pile.

While the large shells aren’t making it onto the beach, many smaller shells — about 3 inches or less — are making it past the sorter and can be gathered up by beachcombers.

The work, which is being done by contractor Weeks Marine, currently is taking place by the County Pier and by Pinnacle Port. After that is done, the work will move on to the City Pier segment and a segment by Treasure Island.

The $14.1 million project is expect to wrap up by early May, ahead of turtle nesting season.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

March Madness Shelling

Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, I wonder where the birdies is?

One of the many little ditties my mother taught me long ago.

So due to new beach laws, the March madness with spring breakers is at a minimum I'm happy to report.

One of the new laws year round that we shellers need to be aware of is no digging holes deeper than 2 feet and no metal shovels allowed on the beach.

Also, this past week they have begun beach restoration at both piers, Treasure Island condo and one more place. However, I heard thru the grapevine they are removing any shells they find. Not sure of details.

So here's my treasures for March...

March 4, 2017

A few of my Lightning Whelks

March 5, 2017
Always fun to find a Horse Conch, Florida's state shell

March 11, 2017

March 12, 2017
Beautiful Giant Cockle Shell laying by the shore

March 18, 2017

March 19,2017
Another cool Giant Cockle

Snatched these out of the waves down by St Andrews State Park - great fun in spite of getting drenched! Great shells are be found not always by digging.

March 22, 2017
While covering up the hole I'd dug in for a short time after work, came upon this pretty little Junonia!

March 25, 2017
Notice a broken Junonia... we keep even the pieces lol :)

Most of the shells I find I give away but there are a few I need to keep!


Wednesday, March 1, 2017


First a couple of recent videos

Feb 10, 2017

Feb 11, 2017
People often ask me what I do with the shells. Most I give away and once in a while, I get creative, like hot gun gluing some to a frame, like this - love the print!

Feb 12, 2017
Love these! Baby Bittersweet Clam shells

Feb 18, 2017

Feb 19,2017

Feb 26, 2017

Love these Zig Zag Scallop Shells!

 My Zig Zag collection :)

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Shelling Update from PCB FL

Of late most of my shells are from beach combing as opposed to digging - either way, it's ALL GOOD!

Jan 2, 2017
They dredged in the state park and most all these shells washed up on the shore - lots of arks.

Jan 3, 2017
Same spot found this big ol' cool but broken Lightning Whelk.

Here are a few from my Lightning Whelk collection

Jan 14, 2017
From digging (I think lol)

Love the color of this Scallop

Jan 17, 2017
My patio potpourri table

Jan 18, 2017
A few keepers

Jan 22, 2017
More keepers... Notice the tiny yellow Horse Couch which is the Florida State Shell

Jan 24, 2017

Jan 29, 2017

Keepers include a broken Junonia, one Turkey Wing, several Mossy Arks, a Murex, two lovely Angel Wings and a small Whelk.

Jan 31, 2017
Another lunch time walk at the state park - always fun!

Arks galore!

Feb 1, 2017
Found a nice spot to dig but couldn't find it again when I returned a few days later - baa humbug LOL!

Feb 5, 2017
Walked to the jetty in St Andrews State Park

My bounty from walking one way

Today's keepers - loving the spring-like weather we've been having!